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Old February 6, 2008, 11:28 AM
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...building a computer for my brother who surfs the internet, watches some youtube media, and does M$ office work? It is really weird buying a GPU that is not for high-end gaming, and it is something I have never considered.

I looked around and can get cheap 7200 series ($40), but they are not dx10. I found an 8400gs that is apparently dx10 ($48), so if he gets Vista he should be fine. Again I am not 100% familiar with the method through which dx10/dx9 affects video for things such as youtube and dvd playback (if it changes anything at all) or if the changes are mainly in 3d rendering in games etc.

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(now that I think about it, I could watch movies with my 64mb video card back in the day, so I have a feeling I am over thinking this one)
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Old February 6, 2008, 11:32 AM
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...building a computer for my brother who surfs the internet, watches some youtube media, and does M$ office work? It is really weird buying a GPU that is not for high-end gaming, and it is something I have never considered.

I looked around and can get cheap 7200 series ($40), but they are not dx10. I found an 8400gs that is apparently dx10 ($48), so if he gets Vista he should be fine. Again I am not 100% familiar with the method through which dx10/dx9 affects video for things such as youtube and dvd playback (if it changes anything at all) or if the changes are mainly in 3d rendering in games etc.

Thanks folks

(now that I think about it, I could watch movies with my 64mb video card back in the day, so I have a feeling I am over thinking this one)
In my store we sell $399 machines for customers who do that exact thing and use the onboard video because it works for what they need.

DX9/10 has no effect whatsoever on youtube or dvd playback.

A 7xxx series card preferably a 7600 will be fine, but with the cost of a 8400 or 8600 might as well buy one of those.
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Old February 6, 2008, 11:47 AM
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I agree with enaberif in that if he is getting vista might as well get a 8*** card. On board is fine for what you mentioned as he said too, but I always like to have at least a cheap gfx card in a system if possible, like the ones you mentioned. Just my preference when building machines for friends & family.
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Onboard works well for surfing and Office apps; it all comes down to the budget. If possible, an 8400 will do just fine.
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I agree with enaberif in that if he is getting vista might as well get a 8*** card. On board is fine for what you mentioned as he said too, but I always like to have at least a cheap gfx card in a system if possible, like the ones you mentioned. Just my preference when building machines for friends & family.
Yup video cards are so cheap its just that small extra piece of mind so you know things will be smoother.
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Yeah just get a cheapy. I'd recomend something air cooled, like a 7300 or 7200. It should save on noice and last longer.
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I upgraded my father-in-law's PC to vista and his onboard video wouldn't cut it for his 22" monitor (he has his priorities).

I got him an ATI 9550 for $80 at the time and he's happily watching videos and browsing. I would have bought him an 8500GT if he wanted to do even a little gaming but he wasn't concerned.
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If gaming isn't an issue, don't worry about DX10 compatibility. In fact, on lower-end cards, don't worry about DX10 compatibility at all. The Aeroglass interface for Vista only requires DX9, so if they're cheaper, I personally wouldn't sweat using a 7-series, as long as it's got 256MB of memory onboard.

But yeah, if you haven't gotten the mobo yet, you might as well just get something with onboard video.
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No I haven't purchased anything yet.

I was thinking about an e2140 + p35-ds3l...but even THAT seems like overkill for what he is using it for. At least it gives me an upgrade path processor-wise (which he really doesn't need considering his uses).

I never looked at mobo's with onboard video before. Can anyone suggest a model?
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GA-G31M-S2L. My last Customer's built, with an E2140 and an AC7 Pro.

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